Welcome to the fifth edition of my #followfriday series highlighting a few up-and-coming food bloggers! This month I tried Missy’s lemon poppyseed muffins, Neha’s rice krispie rolls, Tasia’s peanut butter bars and Kathryn’s chocolate fudge sundae cupcakes. It’s so much fun trying different recipes, and with one of these in particular, I really went outside my comfort zone.
Note: I adapted all of the recipes to be gluten free.
I started the month with a classic: lemon poppy seed muffins from Tiny Kitchen Sweets. Missy’s recipe produces light and fluffy muffins, with the perfect combination of sweet and tart. They’re also quick and easy to make. And that glaze? Don’t leave that tangy sweetness off! I know there are a lot of lemon poppy seed recipes out there (like this one), but I promise you these are worth a try.
Next up are these rice krispie rolls with pistachios and rose filling from Greedy Eats. Neha’s recipe is so unique, and they were the perfect way to cap off florals week with @life_and_sprinkles. (If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that every month @life_and_sprinkles and I do a theme week.) Baking with rose flavoring was completely outside my comfort zone. I love the smell of roses but I could live without eating them. But mixed with pistachio, cardamom and marshmallows? It surprisingly works! I’ll admit these weren’t my husband’s favorite but I was pleasantly surprised by them and I would absolutely eat them again. Also, they might look difficult to make, but if you follow the recipe you’ll realize they aren’t very complicated.
It’s fun experimenting with new flavors, but there is one combination that I return to time and time again: peanut butter and chocolate. After florals week I was craving something easy and familiar, so I tried these peanut butter bars from Two Sugar Bugs. Tasia isn’t kidding when she describes these bars as “addictive.” My uncle and a few other relatives were in town, and together we polished off the entire batch in a little over 24 hours. It’s a no-bake recipe that takes no time at all. So what are you waiting for??
I capped off the month with a really fun recipe from Worn Slap Out. Kathryn’s chocolate fudge sundae cupcakes are light and deliciously messy. The frosting is basically whipped cream, and it melts when it gets too warm. Especially if you’re heavy-handed with the chocolate syrup and sprinkles (which I was). But you know what? I actually love that! It reminds me of an actual ice cream sundae. I love the soupyness of melty ice cream. (I’m pretty sure “soupyness” and “melty” aren’t actual words, but that’s the best way to describe it.)
Have you tried any of these recipes? Or do you have any favorite recipes that I should try? Tell me about them in the comments or tag me @rosesandwhiskers on Instagram if you see one you think I’ll like!
Happy baking! 🙂